Ágotha Éva Ruzsa

Ágotha Éva Ruzsa

Hungary

Ágota Éva Ruzsa, MbS Coach and facilitator, living in Budapest, Hungary, Europe, Gaia and the Universe with awareness for responsible thinking and acting. Originally as a teacher I co-founded the Hungarian affiliate of International House Language School in Hungary in the 80s, where I learnt co-counselling from John Heron and Mary Corr and became instrumental in establishing co-counselling in Hungary. Until in 1989, we had the first CCI Hungary event that lead to the birth of a peer community, still operating and active. In 1988 I studied at the Human Potential Research Group founded by John Heron at the University of Surrey, UK where I got my teacher trainer accreditation together with some other methods. As a follow up I founded Ariadne Gaia Foundation, an eco-spiritual learning space since 1989.
Later in the 90's, as a facilitator and consultant, I was part of the Dialogue Facilitators' Project at the Centre for Organizational Learning at MIT, USA and thus involved in setting up a local Society for Organisational Learning community fractal. Recently I got my accreditation in Hellinger's systems constellation and feel drawn to Deep Democracy work as well. I feel passionate in co-developing processes for personal and social transformation, thus deeply involved in communities such as CCI Co-Counselling, Dialogue of David Bohm, The World cafe and Art of Hosting.@

Alan Trangmar

Alan Trangmar

United Kingdom England Hitchin

Alan Trangmar is a co-counsellor since 1984 and a teacher since 1990 of the Herts Beds Bucks & Chilterns community. He teaches because 'I find co-counselling is valuable to me, and I want to share it with others; this is partly because I like to help other people by giving them something useful, partly so I have people who live with me that I can co-counsel with, and partly because a fundamentals is in itself a wonderful experience. I value the links I make and the marvellous people I meet through co-counselling. @

Anne Bailey

Anne Bailey

New Zealand Auckland

Anne Bailey was in the very first CCI co-counselling programme in Aotearoa/ New Zealand in 1978. 'Theory and practise resonated with me to such an extent, that it had an immediate and profound impact throughout my life. At personal level I found myself liberated from an incident that held a lot of grief. At an interpersonal level I became very interested in facilitation. I recognized it as a vital vehicle for peer-based living. At a community level I co-created a small co-counselling community of six households. Today the concept of 'whole personhood' and the basic principles of Co-counselling underpin my writing, my facilitation, and my work. @

Anne Bailey
Barbara Woodis-Ihloff

Barbara Woodis-Ihloff

United States Connecticut Uncasville

Barbara Woodis-Ihloff started CCI co-counselling in 1976 and since then has attended every CCI-USA and 3 European ones. ‘For the first 5 years I took classes with Dency and then with Dodie Pratt. After 2 years of apprenticing I began teaching. I usually co-teach and/or take on an apprentice. In 2011, I participated in designing and implementing an unique Teacher Training course. I am currently serving as one of the continuity persons for CCI-USA. I have used my co-counselling skills to free myself from inhibiting patterns, and to become all that I was meant to be. My love for this community and for co-counselling feeds my soul. In addition, I now have cherished friends all over the world.  What a blessing!’ @

Beth Barclay

Beth Barclay

United States Michigan Ann Arbor

Beth Barclay first entered CCI co counselling in 1997, then became a teacher/trainer in 1999. Why I think it is important to teach the CCI way? That  CCI-style co-counselling is the most sustainable mental health and community support system I have ever seen. @

Bobby MacLaughlin

Bobby MacLaughlin

Ireland Dublin

Bobby MacLaughlin is a co-counsellor since 1983 and a CCI trainer of the Irish community since 1986. When I first encountered co-counselling my spirits were at a very low ebb. The skills I gained in co-counselling empowered me to change my life to an extent I would not previously have believed possible. I want to share this amazing and wonderful experience with other people. That has been my reason for
training to teach co-counselling and is still my reason to continue. I love the way co-counselling is based on equality, celebrating our human similarities, celebrating our human differences, with respect for all. @

Cathy Sargent

Cathy Sargent

United States Massachusetts Northampton

Cathy Sargent: 'I've been a co-counsellor since the age of 11 when my mother, Dency Sargent (one of CCI's cofounders), started teaching. 'I love CCI and I love to teach co-counselling. It is a powerful, simple process in which the most amazing alchemy takes place. I love contributing to the intentional, magical transformation of students in class as well as other co-counsellors, myself, and the CCI community at large. I love the way I come to love other co-counsellors as we work and learn together. I love the challenges and rewards of making decisions by consensus, as the CCI USA community does. I love the fact that I can travel across the world and use co-counselling with someone I've never even met before to process any fear or upset. Then, I love the depth with which I can enjoy being across the world. I invite anyone who is interested in co-counselling, and who can take a class in my area, to contact me for more details about how, and what I teach'. @

Cathy Sargent: 'I've been a co-counsellor since the age of 11 when my mother, Dency Sargent (one of CCI's cofounders), started teaching. 'I love CCI and I love to teach co-counselling. It is a powerful, simple process in which the most amazing alchemy takes place. I love contributing to the intentional, magical transformation of students in class as well as other co-counsellors, myself, and the CCI community at large. I love the way I come to love other co-counsellors as we work and learn together. I love the challenges and rewards of making decisions by consensus, as the CCI USA community does. I love the fact that I can travel across the world and use co-counselling with someone I've never even met before to process any fear or upset. Then, I love the depth with which I can enjoy being across the world. I invite anyone who is interested in co-counselling, and who can take a class in my area, to contact me for more details about how, and what I teach'. @
Celia Wilson

Celia Wilson

United Kingdom England Didcot

Celia Wilson has known about, used and taught co-counselling in one form or another for more than two decades. She learnt CCI co-counselling with Jenny Nicholson at the University of Reading in 1998, then assisted her in 1999. She is accredited through self- and peer assessment and is now an active teacher of CCI fundamentals. She writes: 'Co-counselling enables me to release my pain and move on to take delight in my relationships and in the green-blue beautiful world we live in. It helps me to act in my own interests and that of others. I want to pass it on'. @

Corrie van Haasteren

Corrie van Haasteren

Netherlands Rotterdam

Corrie van Haasteren states: 'I co-counsel for more then 30 years now; so co-counselling has been and still is, very important to me. I learned a lot about myself by being a co-counsellor. My fundamentals meant a major change in my life. For the first time I really felt accepted as the person I was. Because co-counselling was so important to me, I wanted to share my knowledge and my wealth with as much people as possible. And I am a co-counsel teacher now for almost 30 years! One of the aspects of co-counselling is the equality between 'client' and 'therapist' and that to me, is very important in my contact with other human beings. I am a professional rebirther as well, in my opinion two methods of personal growth you can combine very well together'.  @

Corrie van Haasteren states: 'I co-counsel for more then 30 years now; so co-counselling has been and still is, very important to me. I learned a lot about myself by being a co-counsellor. My fundamentals meant a major change in my life. For the first time I really felt accepted as the person I was. Because co-counselling was so important to me, I wanted to share my knowledge and my wealth with as much people as possible. And I am a co-counsel teacher now for almost 30 years! One of the aspects of co-counselling is the equality between 'client' and 'therapist' and that to me, is very important in my contact with other human beings. I am a professional rebirther as well, in my opinion two methods of personal growth you can combine very well together'.  @
Csaba Ghimessy

Csaba Ghimessy

Hungary Budapest

I did my fundamentals with Mary Corr in 1988, and have been counselling more or less regularly since 1989. I have attended several workshops in Hungary and abroad and been teaching or co-teaching fundamentals since 1994. For 15 years I took an active part in organizing events in Hungary. At present I teach full-time in a secondary school. Only when you listen and you are listened to can you see the other person and yourself. @

Dency Sargent

Dency Sargent

United States Connecticut Windham

Dency Sargent: 'I have been co-counselling for about 40 years and continue to experience the process to be invaluable in supporting my growth and my ability to ongoingly create a life I love.  I have been teaching for over 35 years and am privileged to offer co-counselling as a vehicle of change and healing. As a cofounder of Co-Counselling International, with John Heron and my former husband Tom Sargent, I value the unique opportunity to participate in developing a self-responsible and mutually responsible co-counselling community '. @

Dymphna Haeden

Dymphna Haeden

Ireland Bawboy

Dymphna Headen did her fundamentals course in the winter snow in 1983. 'It was like an earthquake in my life' she said. She attended her first international CCI in Leeds in 1984 and this opened her eyes to the international friendship available in CCI. 'It deepened my understanding of life, and made me want to teach it to other people.' @

Fred Wallace

Fred Wallace

United States Connecticut New Haven

Fred Wallace is a CCI co-counsellor since 1984 and an accredited CCI teacher of the North-eastern United States in 1992. He facilitates CCI fundamentals because this is a ' wonderful opportunity to share information which helps people explore themselves so that they can live richer fuller lives. It is a way in which I recommit myself to my own learning and growing'. @

Gaia Kile

Gaia Kile

United States Michigan Ann Arbor

Gaia Kile took his first CCI fundamental class in 1997 in Connecticut. Living in Michigan, he started teaching in 1998. 'I am dedicated to building a community of co-counselors around me because that supports me and I see it being an incredibly useful tool for others. When I'm co-counseling regularly things go better in my life, when I don't co-counsel things don't go poorly but co-counseling gives me more joy, and helps me be more effective in the world.' @

Gail Fuller

Gail Fuller

United States Connecticut Bristol

Gail Fuller has been a CCI co-counselor since 1978 and a co-co teacher since 1993. Her goal is to equip you with new skills and techniques to meet life's challenges, create life changes, and reduce stress. She has an unswerving belief that every person can live a life of purpose, happiness, and peace of mind. Her depth of knowledge and caring attitude will make her teaching come alive for you. @

Gilli Gladman

Gilli Gladman

United Kingdom England London

Gilli Gladman started CCI co-counselling in 1991 and has been an accredited CCI trainer of the Manchester community since 1993. She writes: 'I believe an important element in the Co-Counselling training is the 'emotional education' which gives the learners the skills to deal with emotional distress'. And 'the purpose of the training is to give participants the opportunity to re-evaluate their ways of dealing with life in order to be able to set goals for creative change. These ' life actions' create choice and a positive approach to managing everyday life'. @

Hildegard Siebenkotten

Hildegard Siebenkotten

Germany

Hildegard Siebenkotten  is a co-counsellor since 1986 and a CCI trainer of the Münster community since 2002. Why I facilitate fundamentals: 'co-counselling for me is a wonderful way of merging body and soul, feeling and mind. I also feel an intimate connection with the co-counselling community regarding my ideas about the human existence. Above all the ability to help myself with co-counselling is extraordinary empowering for me. @

Janice Wasser

Janice Wasser

Israel

Janice Wasser took her fundamentals course in Israel in 1998. ‘I began assisting many years ago and have been teaching fundamentals in the prisons with Avi Butavia for over 7 years. I believe one of my greatest contributions to society is my work in propagating this invaluable theory with its set of simple, yet deeply profound, tools to deal with life issues. Beyond the work in prisons, I organize an Arab-Jewish support group which has been meeting monthly for over 30 years and in the last 8 years have been active in the international community of CCI to promote the work we do in Israel and connect with co-counselling communities around the world’. @

Jean Brant

Jean Brant

United Kingdom England Birmingham

Jean Brant: I came to co-counselling in 1992 and I have been using it regularly since. I enjoy being a regular attender at UK and international workshops and find these challenging and growthful. Co-counselling has greatly enhanced my life and I enjoy sharing this with others. I want to see individuals grow and develop and the co-counselling community strengthened and extended. I am particularly interested in co-counselling as a tool for community building and social change. @

Jeanine LaJeunesse

Jeanine LaJeunesse

United States Connecticut Danielson

Jeanine LaJeunesse is a CCI co-counsellor since 1999. 'Co-counselling has been the foundation of much growth for me' she writes, 'supporting me to transform many fundamental belief's about myself that kept me from being fully and powerfully alive. I teach it to share the skills with others knowing if they are willing to look at themselves and where they are stuck in there lives these tools will support them to be able to live fuller happier lives. Also as I teach I am learning from my students as they share their thoughts ideas and questions'.@

Jenny Dillman

Jenny Dillman

United States New York Glenville

Jenny Dillman started co-counselling in 1980 and is since a most loyal visitor of CCIUSA- gatherings expressing her loyalty, wisdom and curiosity. Shestarted to teach co-counselling in 1987, but has not taught during thepast 14 years. She writes: 'Iam so happy to have recently returned to teaching this brilliant andtransformational blend of philosophy, theory, and technique! How luckywe all are to know of it, and to be skilled in its use! CCICo-Counselling is simply the most effective and empowering practice Iknow. It is an honour to rejoin the ranks of those who are committed toteaching!'. @

Jlynn Silvers

Jlynn Silvers

United States Connecticut West Hartford

Jlynn Silvers is a CCI co-counsellor since 1991 and accredit as CCI teacher in 1993 in the New England USA CCI community. 'Co-counselling has helped me to create a life I love. I feel very fortunate to have a wonderful family and supportive friends. I have chosen to teach co-counselling because it has allowed me to be more authentic and loving in relationships and I want to offer to others the benefits available for them. I co-counsel regularly and find the practice continuing to be transformative. I have been active in the community as teacher, member of Community Committee, Program Planning Chairman for our USA workshops, and Communications Co-ordinator. We have a dynamic community and I'm proud to be associated with it'. @

Jlynn Silvers
Johannes Risse

Johannes Risse

Germany Münster

Johannes Risse (1942) started CCI co-counselling in 1977, 'had my fundamentals with Siglind Willms. Together with her I started teaching in 1979. Since that time we had each year 2 fundamentals and 2 advanced training's. By co-counselling I experienced a great deepening of my Christian belief. It became more and more the foundation of my pastoral care as roman catholic priest and pastoral psychologist. Free attention is for me a name for God. Until 1995 I only knew our own community at Muenster. In that year Siglind and I visited J. Heron in Italy. Since we started opening to the international community. In 1998 we attended for the first time an international CCI meeting in the Netherlands and in 2000 we had the first international in our community. I focus in my work on spiritual guidance and co-counselling'. @

John Talbut

John Talbut

United Kingdom England Coalville

John Talbut, did his basic training in co-counselling in 1984. 'I have been co-counselling regularly ever since and regularly attended international and UK national workshops. I have been actively involved in organisation within CCI and in discussions on the theory and practice of co-counselling. I have been teaching co-counselling regularly since 1993. I have had the fundamentals of co-counselling course validated by an external examining body as a certificated course and offered as a regular course at a further education college. As well as co-counselling I also train people in counselling skills and facilitation skills. I have run courses in Hungary and Sri Lanka as well as the UK. The training is based mainly on the work of John Heron. I have run a two year diploma course in facilitation based on John Heron's book 'The Complete Facilitator's Handbook', for which co-counselling was a requirement. @

John Talbut, did his basic training in co-counselling in 1984. 'I have been co-counselling regularly ever since and regularly attended international and UK national workshops. I have been actively involved in organisation within CCI and in discussions on the theory and practice of co-counselling. I have been teaching co-counselling regularly since 1993. I have had the fundamentals of co-counselling course validated by an external examining body as a certificated course and offered as a regular course at a further education college. As well as co-counselling I also train people in counselling skills and facilitation skills. I have run courses in Hungary and Sri Lanka as well as the UK. The training is based mainly on the work of John Heron. I have run a two year diploma course in facilitation based on John Heron's book 'The Complete Facilitator's Handbook', for which co-counselling was a requirement. @
Joke Stassen

Joke Stassen

Netherlands Friesland Donkerbroek

Joke Stassen: co-counselling helps me to be in charge of my life, to be in touch with my feelings and my intuition and to make clear decisions. Teaching CCI co-counselling is passing on a gift, for which I am grateful. I am a psychologist and did my CCI teachers training in 1993-1995 in Birmingham (UK) and later in the Netherlands. Titles of follow-up workshops I have facilitated indicate the wide range of topics in which co-counselling can be a useful tool: e.g. body and spirit, my loveable computer, peace and conflict. I am interested in integrating non-violent communication with co-counselling and developed together with Fred Wallace and Niek Sickenga the workshop Aware communication, which includes co-counselling, non-violent communication, and decision making skills. I am a travelling teacher: I am willing to come to other countries to teach.

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Liz Duff

Liz Duff

United States Massachusetts Gloucester

Liz Duff started with CCI co-counselling in 1994 and became a accredited CCI trainer of the Northeast US CCI community in 2000. Liz states 'Co-counselling helped me become a partner with my body, feeling, recognizing and valuing my emotions. Through the process of co-counselling, I have released toxic emotions that kept me locked in pain and suffering. Co-counselling has helped transform my life. I love being a part of a wider community of people who are living intentionally. Teaching co-counselling is a joy. I love witnessing people waking up to themselves'. @

Marc Kronish

Marc Kronish

United States Connecticut Storrs

Marc Kronish, now living in Connecticut, took his first fundamentals in 1981 and is a CCI trainer since 2004. He states: 'I facilitate fundamentals to give back to my community that has supported me during difficult times in my life'. @

Marian van Wijngaarden

Marian van Wijngaarden

Netherlands

Marian van Wijngaarden had in 1988 a deep healing spiritual experience by doing her CCI fundamentals. In 2002 she was accredited as teacher in the CornuCopia way and in October 2003 in the Dutch Co-Counseling network CCN. 'I enjoy learning new things in a safe and playful way. Therefore I am committed to teach Co-Counselling in a as safe and as playful possible way. Teaching fundamentals is a fantastic way to teach other people - and also to remind myself of - this wisdom. I work as company social worker for a city council and have a Hypnotherapy-Social -Counselling practice'. @

Marjan Tuk

Marjan Tuk

Netherlands Rotterdam

Marjan Tuk has been a CCI co-counsellor since 1996 and became an accredit CCI trainer in the Netherlands in 2007. She says, 'I facilitate fundamentals because I love the CCI community. It is a peer network with a positive, playful, creative and warm caring atmosphere in which members are in charge of their own personal process and their potential to develop. You can empower yourself by renewing, strengthening and confirming your social and emotional skills. The intention is that we open our hearts and minds to enable us to live richer fuller lives'. @

Marlies Tjallingii - van der Werf

Marlies Tjallingii - van der Werf

Netherlands Zwolle

Marlies Tjallingii - van der Werf did her CCI fundamentals in 1985 and is accredited as teacher in 2003. My personal statement why I facilitate fundamentals is, she writes: 'I like to see participants opening themselves like 'a hollow bamboo'. This gives me a positive impulse to train people to become 'managers' of their own emotional and every day life processes'. @

Meredith Elgart

Meredith Elgart

United States

Meredith Elgart started with CCI co-counselling in 1986 and became a accredited CCI trainer twelve years later of the Northeast US CCI community. About teaching the CCI method she states: 'I teach fundamentals because co-counselling is great stuff and I want to share it'. @

Minke Weggemans

Minke Weggemans

Netherlands Noord Brabant Diessen

Minke Weggemans started CCI co-counselling in 1975 and became a teacher in the Dutch community in 1985. She was trained by  Hetty Kroes, Suzanne Hagenbeek and Petra Kreb as well as by John Heron at the university of Guildford (UK). Minke has twice been an organiser of the European CCI in the Netherlands. She loves co-counselling because it offers the mental environment, space and tools to become in charge of your own emotional life and to come in touch with the love that is hidden behind the feelings. ’Co-co has been the most inspirational method for me to start to really enjoy my life, myself and close friendships!’ she says. Thanks to personal losses and her work as a grief counsellor, Minke tends to see coping with death and loss as an ultimate challenge to celebrate life. @

Minke Weggemans started CCI co-counselling in 1975 and became a teacher in the Dutch community in 1985. She was trained by  Hetty Kroes, Suzanne Hagenbeek and Petra Kreb as well as by John Heron at the university of Guildford (UK). Minke has twice been an organiser of the European CCI in the Netherlands. She loves co-counselling because it offers the mental environment, space and tools to become in charge of your own emotional life and to come in touch with the love that is hidden behind the feelings. ’Co-co has been the most inspirational method for me to start to really enjoy my life, myself and close friendships!’ she says. Thanks to personal losses and her work as a grief counsellor, Minke tends to see coping with death and loss as an ultimate challenge to celebrate life. @
Mira Reus

Mira Reus

Netherlands Noordwijkerhout

Mira Reus is a CCI co-counsellor since 1992 and an accredited trainer since 2007. ' I facilitate fundamentals because I have always been interested in what makes people happy. I think that happiness and personal growth go hand in hand. For me, co-counselling gives a lot of opportunities for growth. It inspires me to live more openly and creatively. What I like in CCI are the equivalence, the clarity, the safety and the warmth. It makes my life rich to be part of a community of people on which I can depend. By teaching I give others the opportunity to experience that too'. @

Nettie Gruson

Nettie Gruson

Netherlands Amsterdam

Nettie Gruson started CCI co-counselling in 1986 after her fundamental training on one of the boats in the canals of Amsterdam and was accredited in 1991 as teacher of the Dutch CCN community after the teachers training in Friesland. About her motivation why to teach CCI she states: 'I believe that co-counselling is a way to be able to get an idea of my 'being' and offers an opportunity to take full responsibility for myself. I obtain skills to handle my emotions and it gives me a possibility to change my life the way I would like to. It is fun to grow among others, who do the same and share, and...lots of fun too..'. @

Niek Sickenga

Niek Sickenga

Netherlands Friesland Donkerbroek

Niek Sickenga (1931) started CCI co-counselling in 1982, followed a CCI teachers training in the Midlands (UK, 1993), in the Netherlands (1995) and co-ordinates CCI World News Service since the start in 2000. 'I am convinced that the format of CCI contributes tremendously to my continuously transformation from (CCI) co-counselling into co-creating and beyond. Practising CCI means for me: teaching to facilitate the pre-conditions to start this personal process of awareness in discovering whom I am and to create to live my life my way. It is a privilege to assist people in a non hierarchical environment, to find their own way in this ongoing process of an unfolding personal journey. @

Peter Koekebakker

Peter Koekebakker

Netherlands Leiden

Peter Koekebakker came into contact with co-counselling in 1972, his fundamental trainers was John Heron; 18 years later - in 1990. - he was accredited as CCI trainer by the Dutch community CCN (Co-Counselling Nederland). His personal statement about introducing people into the CCI method says: 'co-counselling has been a revelation and great help in difficult times for me. It has brought me freedom, deep personal contact and pleasure in my life. Since I have more time for co-counselling, as being a past teacher at the University of Technology in Delft, it is great to let deal other persons this experience. It gives me a lot of fulfilment'. @

Peter Koekebakker came into contact with co-counselling in 1972, his fundamental trainers was John Heron; 18 years later - in 1990. - he was accredited as CCI trainer by the Dutch community CCN (Co-Counselling Nederland). His personal statement about introducing people into the CCI method says: 'co-counselling has been a revelation and great help in difficult times for me. It has brought me freedom, deep personal contact and pleasure in my life. Since I have more time for co-counselling, as being a past teacher at the University of Technology in Delft, it is great to let deal other persons this experience. It gives me a lot of fulfilment'. @
Richard Goldsbrough

Richard Goldsbrough

New Zealand Wellington

Richard Goldsbrough states 'when I discovered CCI co-counselling I began a journey of coming home to myself. This was in 1980/81 with Ros Capper and Wendy Catley. Using the skills  I learnt in the Basic (Fundamentals) 40 hour training and the support of other co-counsellors I took responsibility for my own process and rediscovered my own authority. I am available for one-to-one teaching and am accredited by the Wellington Co-counselling Network to teach groups if you would like to learn together '.@

Richard Horobin

Richard Horobin

United Kingdom Scotland Pitlochry

Richard Horobin started co-counselling in 1973, and became a UK trainer in 1975. He says, 'Pay-offs for my practising co-counselling over the past couple of years are: Vastly reducing my distress when travelling long distances, despite my advancing years. Spending less time in a 'Burdened' style of being, even when thinking about and dealing with death, dieing and incapacity'. He describes teaching fundamentals courses as 'Handing on gifts--like Christmas, but more fun'. Concerning the process of co-counselling he exclaimed, 'How wonderful it is to experience the power of community, of concrete changes following emotional release, and of reaching for transformation not merely coping better!' Richard usually co-teaches with Rose Evison. @

Richard Mills

Richard Mills

United Kingdom England Leeds

Richard Charles Mills has been a CCI co-counsellor since 1992. In 2000 he was accredited as CCI trainer in West Yorkshire, UK. He states: 'What I got most from co-counselling was a sense of freedom to be myself - I felt I had permission to explore inside myself without being disapproved of if I found something unpleasant. Co-counselling helped me on my journey towards finding out who I am - my own personal truth'. website  @

Rudolph Giesselmann

Rudolph Giesselmann

Germany Hamburg

Rudolf Giesselmann: In 1993 I discovered CCI-Co-Counselling as a powerful method to get out of a position where I felt stuck. Ever since I have kept on practicing, adding from 1995 -1998 a teacher-training in the Netherlands. Co-counselling enriches my professional work. And vice versa, my long term experience as a teacher at a school for manufacturing and airplane-technique and studies in the field of psychoanalysis have fostered my CC-trainer ship. Co-Counselling continually offers me new perspectives, creates alternatives which I wouldn't have seen otherwise. And I like to have alternatives. Working together with people, realizing that afterwards something is possible, that wasn't before, is a great gift for me. @

Shayla Malek

Australia Melbourne

shaylaShayla Malek has been practising CCI co-counselling since 1997, when she completed her fundamentals in Edinburgh. She also re-visited her basics training with Cathy and Dency Sargent in the USA in 1998.
Shayla has been fortunate to have participated in many international CCI's and facilitated workshops at the NZ CCI. She believes that CCI co-counselling is a life changing gift that deserves to be shared. Shayla has been teaching in Melbourne since 2006 and has started a fledgling community in Australia. @

Siglind Willms

Siglind Willms

Germany Münster

Siglind Willms (1938) started CCI co-counselling in 1973. 'Had my fundamentals with J. Heron. Facilitated my first fundamentals in 1975. I am an behaviour-therapist and connected psychotherapy with co-counselling to offer people the possibility to stay as much as possible self-reliant during therapy and go on working themselves after having finished it. Since 1979 I work together with Johannes Risse. We came in contact in 1996 with Joke and Niek. Visited my first international CCI meeting in 1998 in the Netherlands. Co-counselling means for me helping to make democratic, non competitive structures grow, handle emotional processes in an adequate way and pay attention to personal growth'. @

Steve Roche

Steve Roche

Steve discovered co-counselling in the early 1990s. It made an instant difference to his life. He trained as a teacher with Gretchen Pyves, and began teaching in Suffolk early 2000s. In recent years he has co-developed (with Sue Gray) and taught PSN (Peer Support Network). PSN teaches the basic skills of co-counselling in a shortened form. PSN Plus is the follow-up course that ‘converts’ people to accredited co-counsellors: the combination has proved to be an effective alternative to Fundamentals in attracting new people to the CCI community.
Steve’s other professional activities include writing, acting, and running a life coaching company (Suffolk Coaching Zone). He regards the skills of co-counselling as amongst the most helpful he has ever learned, both personally and professionally. CCI has been of enormous value in his personal journey and he greatly values the people he has come to know through it. @

Sue Gray

Sue Gray

United Kingdom England Suffolk

My co-counseling life began 20 years ago (1992) when I worked as a physiotherapist in an acute brain injury unit. I discovered a co-counseling taster and from that I organized a fundamentals for me and the people I worked with as a staff support system. We all often felt burnt out by what we were dealing with and not good at looking after ourselves without it costing us a huge amount. We ended up teaching 4 fundamentals in the hospital. I helped (assisted) and so learn about teaching co-counseling in a very practical and experiential way. I followed that up with a week  long teacher training course with Gretchen in 1990. I continue my journey as a co-counseling teacher by attending teachers’ workshops in the UK and abroad and by raising issues about the growth and learning of co-counseling with everyone in the community. At the moment I teach co-counseling regularly in Suffolk  (www.suffolk-coaching.com) and am also part of setting up a network called PSN (Peer Support Network) with a charity I work for www.suffolkmind.org.uk
Sue Mandaville

Sue Mandaville

United States

Sue Mandaville is a co-counsellor since 1988 and a teacher since 2004 of the Western New York community. She relocated to the state of New York from Connecticut and was determine to bring this process to Western New York. She teaches because 'co-counselling is a vital and necessary part of my life. The valuable skills I have acquired as a result of co-counselling give meaning and clarity to my life. I teach to pass on these tools to others and also to be able to co-counsel on a regular basis'. @

Thelma Griffiths

Thelma Griffiths

United Kingdom Cornwall Penzance

Thelma Griffiths began Co-Counselling in 1986 and has been teaching since1989. She is also trained as a Transpersonal Psychotherapist and has a busy practice in Cornwall. 'I teach Co-counselling because it is an incredible tool for transformation and change. It has changed my life and I find it a great privilege to share Co-counselling with others and be a part of that changing process. I see people shed grief and self doubt and discover great joy in finding out who they really are and this is a beautiful and amazing process. I would like to see Co-counselling taught in all schools'. @

Tonya Stewart

Tonya Stewart

United Kingdom London

'CCI co-counselling has been one of the few constants in my life over the past 20 years,' says Guildford, Surrey-based co-counselling trainer Tonya Stewart, 'though it spends some of its time on the back burner for me.' And that speaks volumes. 'The co-counsellor's toolkit is equipped with gadgets and gizmos that can help excavate, clear, rebalance and revitalise the human psyche – and that remains relevant, however young or old you are and whatever decade you are living in! CCI co-counselling, as a discipline, is also refreshingly dogma-free. And the beauty of it is that it's the client - not the counsellor - who is in charge and who has all the resources to bring about his or her own self-healing.' Tonya was accredited as a trainer of co-counselling in 1991. She teaches in London and Surrey, England. @

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